Assessing the Impact of a Pulmonary Embolism Response Team and Treatment Protocol on Patients Presenting With Acute Pulmonary Embolism.
Wei-Ying Jen, William Kristanto, Lynette Teo, Jason Phua, Hwee Seng Yip, Graeme MacLaren, Kristine Teoh, Tiong Beng Sim, Joshua Loh, Ching Ching Ong, Yen Lin Chee, Pipin Kojodjojo
Heart Lung Circ | Published : 2020
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism (PE) care has traditionally been fragmented. The newly introduced Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT) model provides streamlined care based on expedient, multi-disciplinary decision-making. This study aimed to quantify the impact of PERT, as part of a hospital-wide PE treatment protocol, on clinical outcomes. METHODS: Consecutive adult patients with acute PE diagnosed via computed tomography pulmonary angiogram (CTPA) were included. The PERT and treatment protocol were introduced in January 2015. Patient characteristics, therapies, quality measures of CTPA reporting, and clinical outcomes of PE patients treated for 2 years before and after implementation of..View full abstract